Introduction: Marianna Koromila
A book on Syria seems like a sweet fairy tale when it gives the sense of the country in 1999, one year before the 21st century. However, the fairy tale comes to a violent end in the fateful year 2011, when the war began.
This book gets into the tranquility and the indolence of the peaceful life in Syria. It gives the country’s pulse, listens to its breath, and its voice in the bustling street fairs. It presents with lots of photographic proof the villas of the early Byzantine Sergilla, the palaces of the city of Mari on the river Euphrates, the city of Seleucid Apamea, the legendary city of Palmyra, and the basaltic South. It takes a peek at Syria’s history, at the museums, castles, basilicas, and mosques of the Caliphs. We wander from the desert sand to the river Euphrates.
This is where the fairy tale ends and the nightmare of war begins. A nightmare that plundered the palace of Zimri-Lim, that demolished the temple of Bel, that burnt the legendary bazaar in the city of Aleppo, that “wounded” the church of Saint Simeon Stylites, that beheaded the archeologist who refused to leave Palmyra, that sold Cassiopeia to the smugglers slave markets, that tore apart the lion of goddess Al-Lat. The last sanguinolent performance is taking place at the grey theatre of Bosra…
Once… Syria was peaceful and prosperous
Weight 800 g Dimensions 20 × 26 cm Binding Language
Pages 236 Images 372 Drawings